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Keep Food Safety on Your Holiday Menu

Posted by dewall | November 18, 2021

The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s a great time of year to enjoy special meals with loved ones. Freshen up on food safety practices that will help you have a safe and happy holiday season.

 

CDC Study Shows Types of Salmonella That Make People Sick After Thanksgiving
At Thanksgiving, meals often center around turkey, with 88% of people in the United States reporting eating turkey at Thanksgiving.

Safely handling and preparing this holiday favorite is very important. Poultry—mainly chicken and turkey—is often contaminated with Salmonella, a germ that can make people seriously ill and can even lead to death. Salmonella can spread from poultry to people, especially when people handle raw poultry, eat raw or undercooked poultry, or let raw poultry or its juices touch foods that are served raw or lightly cooked.

Previous research has shown which types of Salmonella are more likely to cause outbreaks, but less is known about illnesses not linked to outbreaks. CDC conducted a study to learn which types of Salmonella are more likely to cause illnesses soon after Thanksgiving. The Salmonella type most strongly associated with Thanksgiving—and likely turkey too—was Reading, followed by types Hadar, Schwarzengrund, and Heidelberg.

These findings might help the turkey industry produce safer turkeys. In the meantime, consumers should consider that all raw poultry might be contaminated with Salmonella or other harmful germs. Protect yourself by cooking poultry to a safe internal temperature and following these steps to prevent cross-contamination.